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The Graveyard Book Audiobook

The Graveyard Book

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Publisher's Summary

Here's a fantastic ghost adventure story, laced with menace and humour.

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard?

Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?

©2008 Neil Gaiman; (P)2008 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

What the Critics Say

"Thrilling, elegant and joyously macabre. You will love it to death." (Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles)

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    Tim Br|hlGermany 09-05-09
    Tim Br|hlGermany 09-05-09
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    "Wonderful story, brilliant writing and narration"

    I read this after being tormented by the mediocre pulp of "Game of Thrones" and "Red Mars". What a relief to return to a real writer and storyteller, and one who can narrate his own work brilliantly as well. An enchanting story, believable and captivating characters, real imagination of an offbeat world so masterfully painted that you don't hesitate to suspend disbelief to enjoy it. The only downside is the fact that most of Gaiman's books are blacklisted by Audible's narrow-minded publishers, available only to listeners in the USA.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Felicity Fairchild 06-18-10 Member Since 2015

    Like many of you probably, Audible has become my best friend. I'm a huge fan of paranormal fantasies and mysteries.

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    "A book by Neil Gaiman"

    Neil Gaiman was one of my favorite authors. As I'm sure you have probally heard of Coraline, Stardust, American God......are some of his masterpieces. However The Graveyard Book might be the best book he has ever written. I mean seriously, the book got the 2009 Newbery award. I enjoyed it very much myself, as I'm sure most of you would too. By the way, the narrator was Neil Gaiman himself.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Quezon CityPhilippines 09-24-09
    Rachel Quezon CityPhilippines 09-24-09
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    "Classic!"

    If I am to pick my favorite of all Gaiman's works, The Graveyard Book would be it. This one might be catered to the kids, but adults can appreciate this too.

    And with Gaiman doing the narration, it's just perfect!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Coolum Beach, QLD, Australia 06-09-10
    John Coolum Beach, QLD, Australia 06-09-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Narrator surprise"

    I was astonished when I finished listening to this & realised that Neil Gaiman had narrated his own work. I was hooked from the first moment both because of the way Gaiman uses language but also his wonderful narration. It is hard to know how much I would have enjoyed the book if I had read it but listening to this book was the most pleasurable audiobook experience I have had so far.
    I think what made it so good is that Neil Gaiman immeasurably enhances the characters with his vocalisations. On hearing him utter a single sentence by Bod or Silas or any of the other characters, you immediately get a sense of who they are. It is the happy result of a fantastic author who obviously knows his characters inside out and also happens to be a first class narrator

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Sydney, NSW, Australia 08-01-09
    Nicole Sydney, NSW, Australia 08-01-09
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    "Vivid storytelling"

    This was an ideal book to hear on audio because the author's voice of his characters was convincingly and colourfully performed.
    The story is fantastic, I felt as though I was wandering through the graveyard and seeing a secret world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    W G Lynwood, WA, Australia 05-04-09
    W G Lynwood, WA, Australia 05-04-09
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    "Incredible"

    "Wow" is all I can say about this book. The book kept me on my feet and the narrator was exhilarating! At the end I was shocked to find out that the author himself narrated it! As far as the content of the book I would say 4/5, but how it is narrated is by far the best I have previously heard, receiving a 6/5 in my books. Great Job Neil Gaiman!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 07-13-12
    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 07-13-12 Member Since 2016

    Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded

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    "Enjoyable listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommended especially to those that as an adult enjoy a good teenage novel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked every character even the bad guys. The story unfolds through the characters so there is one for everyone to like or dislike


    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I will now


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 04-20-12
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 04-20-12
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    "Something different and worthwhile!"

    Hard to believe a toddler could grow up in a graveyard cared for by spirits. But it works! This story is delightful, sad, out-there, mysterious and more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adriaan 06-28-17
    Adriaan 06-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Honestly an unexpected surprise!"

    I didn't know if I would like this book. To my surprise I found it extremely entertaining. The author, who is also the narrator, is awesome. Well written, well narrated and well put together. I recommend this book to anyone who is in the mood for a exciting adventure.

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    Angus Willetton, Australia 05-25-17
    Angus Willetton, Australia 05-25-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic story"

    Of the many books we have listened to as a family with preteen children this would be in my top 3. It helps that Neil Gaiman has an incredible voice, I enjoy books read by the author, then tend to have more feeling.

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    11/4/16
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    "Gripping "

    I thought I would listen to a chapter to make sure it was the sort of thing my sons would like. I couldn't stop until I reached the end.

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  • Thihan
    10/30/16
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    "Wonderful book and narration"

    I've recently reacquainted myself with my love of fiction. The Graveyard Book is now in my top 5 favourite stories. Beautifully imagined and written with wonderful narration by the author, I will definitely be listening to more Neil Gaiman in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/19/16
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    "Love the story, love the voice"

    Another binge Listen! Pulling at every emotion. Bods journey to adulthood through the love of his ghostly family and others. Loved the seamless aging. Music breaks for chapters excellent idea,but just a little loud over first line or so. Hey but with the dark chocolate tones of Mr G your soon back into hypnotising story telling.

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    worthing, west sussex United Kingdom
    10/14/16
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    "The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman"

    I loved this book, and couldn't put it down, or rather, switch it off!! Beautifully narrated by the author, it was a delight from start to finish.
    I was disappointed as I approached the end, and made my way out of the graveyard gates for the last time.
    I shall miss Bod and Silas, and all the other wonderful characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hemel Hempstead
    10/3/16
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    "An amazing tale"

    The whole family listened, hanging on every word. A wonderful tale, spun across years, over worlds and through time.

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  • DLETTERS
    9/29/16
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    "Great story"

    I really enjoyed this book, the narration was brill and really brought the characters to life
    Funny and charming
    Great author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jay
    9/28/16
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    "very good"

    lovely idea and told is a wonderful way. still not replacing my favourite neil gaiman book but very good. I think second time around this book will be better because I will know where it is going and therefore able to take in the wonderful way that neil gaiman writes .
    if you like his work then yes try this one out.

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  • Helen Ingall
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    9/17/16
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    "The Graveyard Book"

    A really mind provoking read by getting your imagination to see and feel what Bod sees.
    From a tiny boy through to a young man, you travel the years with him.
    l love a book that ends with tears and yet the happiness that goes with it and the uncertainty of what the future holds.
    l get this book on a whim and l am so pleased that l did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Mason
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    9/12/16
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    "Like being a child again"

    Good performance by the author, slightly macabre like a Tim Burton film but pleasantly comfortable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    9/11/16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"

    A lovely comfortable listen, well appreciated after some of the awkward books I've listened to recently.

    The story was gentle but with enough pace and description to keep you engaged. I even got a bit emotional towards the end!

    The author read the story well, clearly knowing his characters and how they should be portrayed well!

    I enjoyed the music between each chapter too.

    I would be interested to know if there was going to be a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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